When thinking in stereotypes, the list for what is referred to by 'typically Dutch' would probably look something like this: cheese, dykes, tulips, bikes, wooden shoes, Anne Frank-house, Rembrandt, pot, Zwarte Piet and mills.
It's time to usher in the annual rite of spring known as March Madness. While Cinderella grabs millions at the box office, a record number of small-screen viewers will be on the lookout for another kind of Cinderella who can prevent the Kentucky Coronation.
Spring is always a highly anticipated time in the flower industry as SO many things come back into season, and life just pops back into our coolers. Weddings start to take off, and of course, Mother's Day is upon us.
For Valentine's Day 2015, the buzz is already about American grown flowers. You want to know the farmer who grew your veggies, the vintner who made your wine and now, the flower farmer who grew the romantic blooms that will be the centerpiece of your Valentine's Day ritual.
My most recent exploits took me all the way to Istanbul and it was quite the adventure. Founded in 660 BC as Byzantium, in 330 AD it became Constantinople when it was overtaken by the Roman emperor Constantine.
With flights from Washington, D.C. to Amsterdam averaging around $1500 this spring, my trip to the tulips may have to wait. But just 45 minutes outside the Nation's Capital is another garden with a propitious nickname: "Holland in Haymarket."
Flowers are healthy, they don't make false promises and they deliver nourishment to your soul. For the price of a fancy coffee drink, they will watch over you all week and remind you that no matter what your bank account says, you are rich.
Some rather ingenious tulip growers in California have figured out a way to have farm fresh tulips in the fall. No, it does not mean flying them in from South America, which what is done with nearly every rose sold in the United States today.
Now that it is officially autumn, it's time to dig into the hot colors of fall flowers. The fashion world dictates the color schemes we will see from the runways in New York and Paris, right down to the colors a bride requests for her fall wedding.